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Library Search

Library Search is a great starting place for your research. It's the main search field in the middle of the Library homepage. You can use this to search The Claremont Colleges Library collections, other campus collections and libraries worldwide.

Use Library Search to find print books, eBooks, articles, newspaper resources, tangible media (CDs/DVDs), streaming media, objects available in tech lending, special collections holdings and more!

If an item shows as "Held by Other Libraries" you may request the item through resource sharing by clicking on the "Get This Item" button. 


Use Library Search

Academic Databases

Databases can help you find primary, secondary and tertiary sources. Most people use databases to find scholarly articles in their field, but there are also archival, film, newspaper and image databases that may be helpful for finding sources.

Some databases are subject-specific, meaning that they specialize in a subject area. An example of this is PubMed, which specialized in scholarly medical literature. Some databases are multidisciplinary, which means that it has materials from a wide-variety of topics, such as Academic Search Premier

When selecting a database, you want to consider:

  • In what field/subject area does the question I am trying to answer belong?
  • What kind of item am I looking for and does the database I select contain those types of materials? (scholarly article, book, media, news, archival, reference materials, dataset, patents...)
  • What date range does the database cover? (historical, current or both)

To browse the databases in your field of study, click on the button, then select the All Subjects dropdown and choose your subject area.


Browse Library Databases

Academic Journals

When conducting academic research for your assignments, it is often stressed that you need to use articles from a scholarly journal. Scholarly journals are also known as 'academic journals' or 'peer-reviewed journals'.

Characteristics of scholarly journals include:

  • Written for a specific field/discipline
  • Materials include lengthy research or technically oriented reports
  • Are written by researchers, experts, scholars of the field/discipline
  • Articles will include in-text citations and bibliography
  • Will be 'peer-reviewed' by other researchers, experts and scholars before publication

The Claremont Colleges Library uses Browzine to provide access to journals. You can search Browzine by title or ISSN and browse by subject areas. If you are on a mobile device, you may be prompted to download the free app through the App Store or Google Play.  If you create a free Browzine account, you can collect journals that you access regularly and them to a "bookshelf."

To get started, go to the Library journals page and either search for the title or ISSN you wish to access or, browse by subject area. You can sort the journals found in either alphabetical order (A-Z) or by Scimago ranking (journal rank) to list core journals first. 


Browse Library Journals

Using PubMed

PubMed is the free, searchable interface to the MEDLINE database, and is provided by the National Library of Medicine. It provides access to over 29 million citations and abstracts from the biomedical literature. In 2020, PubMed received an update to its interface to make it fully responsive and mobile-friendly.

Reference Materials

Reference Materials hold a wealth of information and are typically most useful for finding broad information on your topic. You may find a wide variety of information in reference materials such as historical backgrounds on a topic, governmental information, statistical information, definitions and more! Examples of reference materials include: encyclopedias, dictionaries, bibliographies, atlases, maps and even directories.

Some reference materials may be multidisciplinary, covering multiple topics, such as Gale Virtual Reference Library while others may be subject-specific such as Birds of the World, which contains comprehensive life histories for all bird species and families including taxonomic information.

When selecting reference materials, you want to consider:

  • In what field/subject area does the question I am trying to answer belong?
  • What kind of item am I looking for and does the item I am selecting contain those types of materials? (histories, articles, bibliographies, definitions, data, multimedia, figures, illustrations...)
  • What date range does the material cover? (historical, current or both)

To browse all reference materials, click the button below, then choose Reference Sources from the All Formats drop-down.

Do you want to know what reference materials are available in your subject area? Select your subject from the All Subjects drop-down, then select Reference Sources from All Formats. This will apply a two-layered sort. Example: Biology (All Subjects) + Reference Sources (All Formats)


Browse Reference Databases

Open Access Resources

When we select materials for our academic research assignments, we often select materials from similar scholarly voices having a conversation through restricted subscription (paid only) databases. If we continually select materials from the same types of subscription databases, we may end up leaving out underrepresented scholarly voices which may be more accessible through Open Access resources.

Therefore, when choosing materials for our research, it's important that we avoid publication bias by selecting sources from a wide variety of scholarly voices who are attempting to answer the same scholarly question. We can do this by using a combination of scholarly articles, scholarly books, newspaper resources, data sets from both subscription databases, open access sources and grey literature (government reports, corporate policy reports, etc).

To get started exploring OA Resources, click on the button below, then select Open Access from the All Formats drop-down list. 

Do you want to know what Open Access materials are available in your subject area? Select your subject from the All Subjects drop-down, then select Open Access from All Formats. This will apply a two-layered sort. Example: Biology (All Subjects) + Open Access (All Formats)


Browse OA Resources

Data & Statistics

The terms “data” and “statistics” may often be used interchangeably, but in the worlds of research and academia it is important to understand the difference.

  • Data refers to the most granular level of information to describe some products of research. It could be numbers or individual observations logged in a spreadsheet during an experiment.
  • Statistics refers to some kind of synthesis of that data. It could be a calculated average (mean) or some expression of how a variable changes over time.

How to Get Started

To get started on finding data-related resources, click on the button, then select the Data & Statistics from the All Formats dropdown menu.


Browse Data & Statistics Databases